SILS student receives grant to attend ER&L Conference

February 16, 2016

Anne Ligon Harding, Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently won a student travel grant to attend the Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) Conference April 3-6 at the University of Texas at Austin. Funded by the Taylor & Francis Group, the grants provide up to $2,000 to cover the cost of registration, housing, and travel. Just two students are selected annually for the awards. 

The ER&L Conference brings together information professionals from libraries and related industries to improve the way electronic resources are collected, managed, maintained, and made accessible in an ever-changing online environment. Harding said she’ll be primarily focusing on the “User Experience” and “Emerging Technologies & Trends” conference tracks.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to connect with library professionals from across the country who are using emerging technologies to develop innovative approaches to current challenges in the field,” she said. 

Harding is a second-year master’s student at SILS, focusing on digital strategy and emerging technologies in the cultural heritage sector. She received an A.B. in English from Bryn Mawr College, and has a background in libraries, archives, and in the auction industry. In her current position at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, she is working with the Digital Strategy team to manage the development of a mobile app that uses iBeacon technology to facilitate discovery and access. Harding also serves on the executive board of the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) as the Electronic Resources Chair. 

Since arriving at SILS, Harding has been awarded a SHARP-RBS Scholarship to attend Rare Book School in 2014, a Baker & Taylor Scholarship to take part in the 2015 SILS Summer Seminar to London, and an RBMS Scholarship to help cover travel and housing for the 2015 conference.